As aspiring architect Kyle, Evans plays the ringleader of a group of students who take a stand against allowing the results of one test to determine their future. According to director Brian Robbins ("Varsity Blues"), finding the right actor to play the role of the criminal mastermind was their greatest casting challenge. Robbins says his choice of Chris Evans had to do with his personality, and not his looks. "Chris really comes across as an all-around nice guy, with peers who look up to him. He was perfect for the role, projecting a take-charge attitude, but still showing a sensitivity," observes Robbins.
INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS EVANS ('Kyle'):
So what did you get on the SATs?
I got an 1180. Thats not bad. I wasnt exactly an academic kid.
Have you ever cheated on a test?
Oh yeah. Who hasnt cheated? Everyone has cheated dont lie (laughing).
Did you get caught?
No, no, no, no. Im a good cheater.
And look where it got you.
(Laughing) See that? Thats the moral, "Cheating pays."
Every character in this movie has a unique trait that sets them apart. In real life, what would you say is yours?
What is my unique trait? God, thats a horrible question to ask. I have no idea how to answer that and not sound like a complete jackass. I dont know that I have a unique trait. Maybe thats my unique trait that I dont have one.
Do you think in real life, people usually have one defining trait?
Yeah, sure. Those people are the people I wish I was like. Im not that cool. Those guys are usually the cool guys. Im not like that. Im very vanilla.
Is it tough to make a teen movie after making fun of them so much in Not Another Teen Movie?
Will there be another Another Teen Movie?
You mean a sequel? No, I dont think so. Actually I know so. No, there definitely wont be.
Whats Brian Robbins like as a director?
Hes awesome. He knows exactly what he wants, he knows exactly how to get it. He just has a vibe that just kind of infects everyone. It kind of bleeds into your cast and crew. If the director is calm and polite and generally a cool guy, it makes the set a really wonderful place to be. Thats what made this film like summer camp.
What kind of conversations did you have about the films values and what it would say to teens?
Thats a good question. I dont know that we conversed about it much. I think it was just kind of a known concept that this is a good film, its going to have a good moral message. I really think its going to relieve a lot of pressure for a lot of kids who really take this test too seriously.
So theyll be no worries about copycats?
People actually trying to steal the test? You could never do it. I mean, this is a movie. We get away with murder in this movie (laughing). You could never steal that damn test. Its a movie. Theres one character, Scarlett, whose father owns the building so we miraculously get a lot of things that we would otherwise not have.
How was working with Matthew Lillard? Was it tough to keep a straight face?
Hes great, man. Yeah, it is because you never know what hes going to do. Hes like the king of improv, so every take is something new. The written scene will be over and hell just keep going, and the director would just let him go. Hes so funny. Its guaranteed theres something new, and its guaranteed theres something humorous.
Did you and Erika Christensen approach acting in a different way?
I think everyone approaches acting differently. Theres no way to really understand how someone else acts. Its just your own language. But shes great. Shes just a pro. She nails it every time.
In the scene in the coffee house, it seems like you and Scarlett Johanssons character are going to get together. Was there another plot line that didnt make it into the movie?
I really like that scene. I dont even know. I saw the movie again with a bunch of my buddies. They are all left and theyre like, Dude, I thought you were going to be with Scarlett. What was that scene all about? I had never even really looked at it that way because originally that scene was just supposed to be Scarlett showing a softer side and me, I dont know, caring (laughing). It wasnt meant to be a romantic thing. I dont know.
Can you remember anything funny that happened on the set and cracked everyone up?
Anything Darius Miles did. Hes got the thick St. Louis accent. Hes not an actor so it was just like a big joke to him. It was like a big game. So everything this guy did was just hysterical.
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